Dr. Suheil Badi Bushrui (1929 – 2015)

In Memoriam

The Temple of Understanding is deeply grateful for the service of Dr. Suheil Badi Bushrui on our Council of Trustees. Dr. Bushrui was a peacemaker and scholar. He is well-known for his work on the Lebanese-American author and poet Kahlil Gibran, and his translations of Irish poet W.B. Yeats were influential in bringing that work to an Arab-speaking audience.

Dr. Bushrui held the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland from 1992 to 2005, and he became the first Lisa and George Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace, also at the University of Maryland, in 2009. In these capacities, he worked on educational and spiritual initiatives as nonviolent solutions to conflict. Dr. Bushrui will be greatly missed.

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Thomas Berry (1914 – 2009)

Thomas Berry (1914 – 2009)

In Memoriam Thomas Berry, Environmentalist, Priest, Eco-Theologian, passed away early on the morning of June 1st, 2009 at Wellspring home in Greensboro, North Carolina. He died peacefully and with family at his side. Fr. Berry was a Hollister Award Recipient and...

Jane S. Baron Rechtman (1950 – 2016)

Jane S. Baron Rechtman (1950 – 2016)

In Memoriam The Temple of Understanding fondly remembers interfaith educator Jane Rechtman, who served on our Council of Trustees. Ms. Rechtman taught world religions and bioethics at The Masters School in New York and published many articles and books, including...

Ibrahim Abdul Mu’id Ramey (1949 – 2015)

Ibrahim Abdul Mu’id Ramey (1949 – 2015)

In Memoriam Our long-time Board member, Ibrahim Abdul Mu’id Ramey passed to the higher life on Friday December 11, 2015. Ibrahim was a lifelong peace activist. He served in leadership roles in the Fellowship of Reconciliation for over a decade, as well as being...

Joan Kirby, RSCJ (1926 – 2015)

Joan Kirby, RSCJ (1926 – 2015)

In Memorium In 1994, Sister Kirby found her true passion when she became the director of the Temple of Understanding (TOU) in New York, an interfaith organization affiliated with the United Nations. The TOU works to educate adults and young people across cultures and...

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

In Memoriam The members of the Temple of Understanding are deeply saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid and peace activist. We are grateful to have had the great honor of giving a Hollister Award to President Mandela in Cape Town...

Tonya Gonnella Frichner (1947 – 2015)

Tonya Gonnella Frichner (1947 – 2015)

In Memoriam The Temple of Understanding honors the life of Tonya Gonnella Frichner, an Indigenous peoples advocate and citizen of the Onondaga Nation, who served on our Council of Trustees. Ms. Frichner was a lawyer and professor and the founder of American Indian Law...

Wangari Muta Maathai (1940 – 2011)

Wangari Muta Maathai (1940 – 2011)

In Memoriam, by Alison Van Dyk The Temple of Understanding Board of Trustees is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a great leader of the International Environmental Movement, and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Wangari Muta Maathai. I first met Dr. Maathai in...

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